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Philippines to send 840-strong team to SEA Games in Cambodia

MANILA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines is sending an 840-strong delegation to the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia, Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos said Monday.

During the send-off rites for the athletes, Marcos said the Philippines has high hopes for Filipino athletes participating in next month's regional sporting event, expecting them to bring home medals, trophies, and honor after the event.

Highlighting the importance of sports to society, Marcos vowed to continue backing Filipino athletes and the Philippine sports programs.

"If this administration, this government, can do anything more to support our athletes, to support sports in our country, then I will do this," he said.

The 32nd SEA Games will be held from May 5 to 17 in Cambodia, with Filipino athletes vying for podium finishes in 38 disciplines at the region's biggest biennial multi-sport event.